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Adams County, Indiana Facts

Adams County

When was Adams County, IN Created?
Adams County was established on March 1, 1836 from Adams New Purchase. This county was named forU.S. President John Quincy Adams.

What is the County Seat of Adams County, IN?
The County Seat is located in Decatur also, the county government website is www.co.adams.in.us/ .

What counties are adjacent to Adams County, IN?
Bordering Counties are  Allen County (north), Van Wert County, Ohio (northeast), Mercer County, Ohio (southeast), Jay County (south), Wells County (west).

What cities and towns are in Adams County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Decatur, Monroe, Berne, Geneva.

What Townships are in Adams County, IN?
Townships located in the County include  Blue Creek, French, Hartford, Jefferson, Kirkland, Monroe, Preble, Root, Saint Marys, Union, Wabash, Washington.


Adams County, IN Vital Records

Where can find Adams County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Adams County vital records can be found at the Indiana Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Indiana for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Adams County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Indiana Birth Certificate or Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Adams County Department of Health, 313 West Jefferson Room 314, Decatur IN 46733-1672 ; Phone: (260) 724-5326 ; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.


Adams County, IN Census Records

What Adams County, IN census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Adams County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Adams Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Adams Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Adams Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Indiana Census Records Research Guide


Adams County, IN Courthouse and Government Records


Adams County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Adams County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Adams County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Indiana Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • Adams County Clerk responsiblities include administering Court Records of all Court Cases, prepares the Court's permanent historical record, performs marriage ceremonies, process marriage applications and issue marriage licenses, processes and distributes documents for court cases, and keeps a record of all wills and matters of trust in probate proceedings. The County Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  The staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
    • Address: 112 S. 2nd St., P.O. Box 189, Decatur, Indiana 46733
    • Phone: (260) 724-5309
    • Marriage Records: 1836
    • Probate Records: 1838
    • Court Records: ?
  • Adams County Recorder maintains, preserves and Records Deeds, Mortgages, Assignments, Releases, Powers of Attorney, Real Estate Contracts, Annexations, Trustee Elections, Affidavits, Final Decrees, Surveys, Federal Tax Liens, Mechanics Liens, Military Discharges, Articles of Incorporation, Cemetery Deeds, Bonds, Plats, Condominiums, Firms Doing Business Under Assumed Names, Delinquent Sewer Liens, and Miscellaneous Instruments.
    • Address: 313 W. Jefferson St., Suite 240, Decatur, Indiana 46733
    • Phone: (260) 724-5343
    • Land Records: 1837
  • Adams County Treasurer's Office is responsible for collecting taxes. The treasurer also receives distributions of local income and other taxes that are collected by the state such as real estate tax, personal property tax, mobile home tax, state assessed tax, and the following miscellaneous taxes: auto excise tax, inheritance tax, and innkeeper's tax.
  • BLM Land Records

Adams County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Adams County, IN?
A list of Adams County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Indiana Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Adams County, IN Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Adams County, IN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Adams County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Adams Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

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Adams Co. IN Cemeteries & Church Records

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Adams Co. IN Military Records

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